You’ll never run out of things to do or places to visit when you are in Australia. Take your pick: in the middle of the forest, by the beach, on top of the mountain — you’ll always have something to do. Find out where you can pitch your tent . . . or park your beast!
Booderee National Park, NSW
Booderee National Park is located at Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast. The park is about 3 hour drive from Sydney. Booderee means “bay of plenty” or “plenty of fish” in Aboriginal Dhurga language, but it’s also plenty of stunning blinding-white sand beaches you have never seen in your life!
The Park offers 3 natural setting and unpowered camping grounds: Green Patch is perfect for everyone including small groups and families. “Camper’s vehicles may be parked on site however restrictions apply to the number allowable.” Bristol Point is more suitable for large groups. But “camping sites are all walk-in sites and are not suitable for caravans or camper trailers. Parking spaces for walk-in sites are nearby and no further than 50 metres from tents.” Cave Beach is a wild camping and a popular spot for surfers! It’s set amongst coastal tea-tree and is ideal for lightweight camping . . . meaning cold showers! But wood barbecues are available. “The camping area is 300 m from the car park and all equipment must be carried in.”
While there, learn about the Aboriginal Koori culture and traditional foods, hike, surf, or swim amongst the fishes in the tranquil waters of Green Patch Beach. Don’t forget to visit the Cape St George Lighthouse, as it’s the perfect location for whale watching. You can see humpback and southern right whales!
Kakadu National Park, NT
Kakadu National Park is located around 171 km southeast of Darwin. If you’re more glam camping than bush camper, you can find your happiness in the Kakadu National Park! Camping areas with power sites are available at Kakadu Resort, Kakadu Lodge, Caravan Park, Gagudju Lodge Cooinda offer power camping grounds with hot water, toilets, and washing tub facilities. Merl, Muirella Park, Mardugal, and Gunlom camping sites also offer wheelchair access. Bush camping is available throughout the park, but don’t forget to bring your water!
You will need more than a few days to visit this gigantic park! So if you plan on setting up camp here, make sure you allow for at least a 5 day stay to get the full experience. You can’t miss the Mamukala wetlands especially at the end of the dry season (September/October) when the diminishing water resources cause thousands of birds to congregate there. In the South Alligator area, you’ll find picnic area, barbecue facilities, and a boat ramp! And the East Alligator area you’ll find fascinating Aboriginal rock art sites: Ubirr rock. The park also offers amazing waterfalls, and Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls are the famous ones! But be aware of crocs!
Mt Field National Park, TAS
You’ll feel like you are in a different world or in one of the Lord of the Rings movies in this park located 64 km northwest of Hobart. The landscape ranges from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland rising to 1,434 m at the summit of Mount Field West.
The park offers unpowered and powered peaceful camping ground — with camping and caravan facilities — near the entrance by the Tyenna River. The park offers great facilities: toilets, hot water, washing machine and dryer (coin operated), BBQ shelters and picnic facilities. Walking amongst the gum trees, you’ll feel dwarfed as they are some of the tallest trees in the world! Yep, some reach 100 m tall! Just imagine how tiny you will feel standing beside one of those giants.
Walking is definitely the best activity in the area as it leads to Russell Falls and Lake Dobson and on your way you can meet yellow-tailed black cockatoos, crescent honey-eaters, and green rosellas. Even in winter time, Mt Field is ideal for a holiday as some areas allow you to ski. Yes, you can have a white Christmas in some parts of Australia. Grab your winter clothes and book your stay.
West MacDonnell National Park, NT
West MacDonnell is a National Park located 1,234 km south of Darwin. This place offers great facilities for campers: “toilets, picnic areas, campgrounds, gas and wood barbecues, drinking water, lookouts, Ranger stations, information, fuel, meals, drinks and commercial accommodation and caravan sites.”
In this vast and spectacular park, you’ll find the most magical camping experience in Australia! And more precisely, you’ll find it by looking up at Ormiston Gorge. This spot has the clearest night skies in the country, so visitors can fall in sleep watching shooting stars. Awesomeness!
There are many opportunities to explore the park. The sun can get very hot in the area so take a plunge in one of the water holes you’ll find along the Larapinta Trail. Go out and enjoy nature and check the scenic gorges around you. There are important refuges for a collection of plants and animals and many of which can only be found here. We are telling you, this spot is a place of outstanding natural beauty!
Don’t forget to check online for the National Park camping information, any restriction and rules, and fees you might have to pay if you intend to go. Also remember, you have to get a camping permit before pitching your tent!
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Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.